Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 at 1:26 pm  |  34 responses

Carmelo Anthony in Spain, Day 1

Follow Melo during his first trip to Spain.

When he agreed to host this week’s World of Basket Camp in Spain, Melo knew exactly what he was doing. Not only is he getting the opportunity to train 700 aspiring hoopers, he’s taking a first-class tour of one of Europe’s most charming cultures. We asked Chet Fiedler to keep SLAM posted on Carmelo’s hereabouts during his five days in Spain. Chet kindly obliged and is sending daily essays and photos from across the pond. The images are a “can’t-miss.” So hit the button below before reading on!–Ed.

by Chet Fiedler

After a full day of travel from the states, Melo landed in Malaga, Spain at 10 a.m. local time, 2 a.m. Denver time. Being his first trip to the country, he was ready to get into some local life and culture. Malaga, unlike the metropolitan Barcelona to the east, is known as a “chilled out” port town, and perhaps most notably as the birthplace of Picasso.

Although he came to participate as host of the Bancaja World of Basket Camp, his commitments didn’t start until the following day. “I wanna get a bike,” he said within minutes of stepping off the plane. Quickly, the local host Jacinto Castillo (who spent many years working as an NBA scout in Europe) advised Carmelo that it may not be the best idea for him to be riding a bike through the city’s traffic. He accepted the advice, but after checking into his hotel and preparing to leave for a nearby lunch spot, he preferred to walk, rather than get into one of the Nissan SUV’s designated as his chauffer vehicle. Melo wanted to get in the city, not just watch it pass by.

So he walked with a group of friends, familyCarmelo Anthony and Spanish hosts and passed through the narrow streets of old Malaga. Within minutes he was snapping pictures of the massive Malaga Cathedral (Iglesia Catedral de la Encarnacion). Shortly after, he stopped at a postcard stand, “I wanna see this Cathedral,” he said pulling the card from the rack, then began laughing as he realized he had just seen it, and taken pictures of it from a different angle, catching only part of it from his street level view.

Passing by a fresh fruit stand, he stopped again, getting some of the local produce before continuing to lunch where he enjoyed his first glass of Spanish wine, which he admits is some of the best in the world. Finishing lunch, he headed back to the hotel to get a bit of rest before heading 45 minutes south to the beach resort town Marbella where he would be the guest of honor for the launch of DT Magazine’s July/August issue on which he will grace the cover.

Melo arrived at the dinner and cocktail party, and the Mayor of Marbella herself greeted him along with a group of press and some of “the most important people in the city,” as one local Spaniard put it. “I’m really enjoying my first time in Spain and look forward to doing as much as I can in the next few days,” he would say to the media. On his thoughts of the upcoming NBA season, “We are going to pick up where we left off.”

After the meet and greets and media interviews he got to relax. He spent the rest of the evening with friends and chatting with locals, enjoying the food and drink of Spain before moving the party on to the world famous Nikki Beach.

He hadn’t even been in Spain for 12 hours before he started listing the things he wanted to do in the following days: “I wanna go fishing, I wanna go wine tasting, I wanna take a boat across the Mediterranean to Morocco, I wanna see a bull fight.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com Phil

    The kid doing it big.. Got the his Fam wit him. J.R. be home soon. Same team, time to pick up where you left off.

  • http://slamonline.com Adam Fleischer

    The beaches in Malaga are incredible…a little different than this never ending northeast rain.

  • Andre` Simone

    weird how Melo is enjoying Spain for the 1st time while J.R. is in jail, hopefully there growing experiences for both.

  • WhaHuh

    I like his shirt

  • omg

    Melo doin it big

  • omg

    cant wait till next season, ayye nuggets

  • LoveHim

    Go on, Melo. Do your thang, baby. Hey, I love the shirt too ;-)

  • http://sjsu.edu davidR

    looks beautiful out there

  • http://Nicekicks.com Meloman20

    Doin it big like alwayss

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  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    melo is boss.
    not so much for meloman20 tho.
    haha jk mayne.

  • http://groups.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=groups.groupProfile&groupID=104091021&Mytoken=DDF795E1-BAA9-4AA4-A658D26EF5D70607132654176 clapzilla

    He’s Gettin’ The Lowdown On Rubio!

  • koen

    “After a full day of travel from the states”, wow this guy must have taken the least efficient way to get to Spain. I mean normally it would take you 12 hours. Did he take a boat?

  • chintao

    Really nice story that gives us a fuller perspective on a player. I’d dig reading more of these, as long as they’re not about Kobe or LeBron. Those guys have too many people manicuring their images. You can never get a sense of what they are as people, because they are too busy marketing themselves as products. Then again, for them, maybe there is nothing behind the product….

  • IllWill21

    Good look Melo… as soon as you get back tho.. GET IN THE GYM.. it will take a talent like yours too new levels

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Check out pic 4 of his photo gallery: his shirt says “Check My Stats…except for my rebounds. they don’t count”

  • bennny

    the kid is doing it big so proud of him make the nba players proud melo represent the nba well

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  • c dawg

    hopefully they dont let him behind the wheel after that wine tasting

  • Minnesnowta

    yo melo if you spot that mr i got scared lil dicky rubio holla at for me let him know here in minnesota we dont really want you. we got a our man j flynn who by the way for any of you doubters, none believing butt muggs is bout to do his thing next year *ill get back to this at a later point. as for you lil dicky rubio you aint nothing but trade bait son. every morning or night whatever time yall wake up in spain dont feel scared to check the interent (actually subscribe to the minneapolis star tribune y u at it) to peep how flynn beastin. just rest assured u made the right choice. thanks melo

  • http://Nicekicks.com Hollywud15

    how do u really feel nate

  • dj

    melo is da man

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  • chazz michael michaels

    no one wants to beat it (beat it)!!!! just beat it, beat it!!!

  • rob

    man can i just say spain produces some sissy ass men and basketball players. marc gasol is a little bit of beast but how about this rubio and running away from the NBA 2 weeks after he decides to declare.. seriously…

  • AK

    rob: i dare you to say those words in the face of a spaniard, and not behind the keyboard. You americans seem to have some god given right to call everyone homosexuals. Quite a selfinsecure bunch you are.

  • Daniel

    Poor taste Rob.

    Also, are Spain’s days like equal to 4 of the United States? I’ve been waiting to read about day 2 for a while now.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Fresh photos.

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  • Riggs

    @AK: cant call a man who never even uttered the words homosexual “selfinsecure” (you even used the word wrong).

  • wow

    check out thisismelo.com

  • clay

    yo melo you da bom your my idle nuggets rule halla at yo boy

  • clay

    Melo man i will be watching the whole season nuggets will have there first championship this season your the best basket ball player after Michael Jordan